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Forgotten amid the hype about Colorado State linebacker Shaquil Barrett is the attention fellow undrafted free agent Lerentee McCray received last year.
McCray made a name for himself with the athleticism he displayed in college, and he also did a nice job in the 2013 preseason. He seemed like a shoo-in for the roster, but he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the final preseason game.
Before that, he compiled two sacks, according to Pro Football Focus. He also received a positive grade as a pass-rusher and in coverage. He didn't give up a catch in coverage, which is another positive aspect.
He could be used in a role similar to the one Von Miller currently plays. Miller often rushes alongside the 4-3 defensive end, who plays in a 6-technique spot (on the outside shoulder of the tackle). McCray could also rush from a position like this.
If Miller doesn't return for Week 1, McCray could see lots of action as a pass-rusher. If Miller does come back in time, McCray could spot him or even try rushing from the weak side.
The Florida product would fit well in this role, and it's apparent that Miller sees this. According to Andrew Mason of the official team website, Miller has been counseling McCray. This shows that Miller sees potential in the young linebacker.
McCray will likely compete with Barrett for the last linebacker spot. Barrett also rushes well, and he had more sacks in college. Both received hefty signing bonuses, and both will have to prove their worth.
But if McCray, who received an absurd $17,000 signing bonus last year, does what he did last preseason, he should make his way onto the roster and do damage.